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President Luis Guillermo Solis Mixed Reactions After 100 Presidential Days in Costa Rica Source: Casa Presidencial It took a little less than an hour for President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera to deliver a summary of his first 100 days in office, but the collective time spent by legislators and political analysts commenting on his speech could soon add up to more than 100 hours. As expected by many, President Solis did not have much to say; however, critics pointed out that he coul...
Paul Watson Paul Watson Takes Ice Bucket Challenge; President of Costa Rica Declines Paul Watson with actress Daryl Hannah. Creative Commons. The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds towards research and treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) has reached the Presidential Office of Costa Rica. Challenged by a radio personality from 104.3 FM (Los 40 Principales or Top 40), President Luis Guillermo Solis respectfully decl...
Source: CONAMAJ Internal Tensions May Affect Immigration in Costa Rica Source: CONAMAJ Labor disputes and internal bickering between labor unions and immigration officials may complicate the legal status of visitors, perpetual tourists and other foreigners in Costa Rica. At the heart of the issue is an operations manual that aimed to reflect the national security policy of improvement undertaken by the administration of President Laura Chinchilla; alas, it looks ...
GMO Free Legality of Costa Rica’s GMO-Free Cantons Questioned The Republic of Costa Rica is divided into 81 cantons administered by municipal councils. Over the last few years, 74 of these municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting the cultivation of transgenic crops and other genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That 90 percent of Costa Rica's territory is transgenic-free is a point of pride for anti-GMO activists; however, some legislators don't t...
Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani Former Taliban Cook Seeks Asylum in Costa Rica Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani Ghaleb Nasar Al Bihani was a religious student in Afghanistan when he was introduced to jihad (the holy struggle of Muslims against infidels that is often hijacked by imbecilic extremists for terror and violence). These days, he practices yoga and Spanish as he dreams of one living in Costa Rica, Spain or Uruguay. First, however, he must somehow obtain a release from the...
Seized beasts. Source: Fuerza Publica Cheap Beer and Cows: Unusual Smuggling in Costa Rica Seized beasts. Source: Fuerza Publica Three cows stuffed inside a passenger vehicle, two cases of Old Milwaukee and one of Milwaukee's Best are among the unusual items that police officers assigned to guard the land borders of Costa Rica have confiscated in recent days. These attempted smuggled goods join a long list of peculiar items destined for the versatile and burgeoning black market in C...
Coast Guard in Costa Rica Foils Scuttling by Drug Smugglers Source: MSP Flickr Officers of the National Coast Guard Service in Costa Rica literally gave the shirts off their backs to stop sinking of evidence by four Colombian men charged with cocaine smuggling. According to a press release by the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP), the suspects tried to scuttle a 42 foot powerboat with 100 kilos of cocaine by removing special drain plu...
More Women Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Costa Rica Source: Flickr CC Over the last few years, law enforcement agencies in Costa Rica have noticed a sharp increase in the number of women who become involved in drug trafficking. The Drug Control Police (Spanish initials: PCD) reported the arrest of two women found to be in possession of cocaine hydrochloride and byproducts. Both women were detained at ports of entry and exit; for this reason, PC...
Online Petition to Restrict Tuna Fishing in Costa Rica One of the species affected by seine fishing. The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (Spanish initials: FECOP) has launched an online petition addressed to President Laura Chinchilla asking her to issue a particular Executive Decree before she steps down as Head of State: To prohibit seine-haul fishing of tuna within the first 100 nautical miles of both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. FECOP is a...
Costa Rica Takes Leadership Role Against Torture Source: Ministry of Justice and Peace President Laura Chinchilla recently signed legislative decree number 9204, which creates a national protocol against torture, cruelty, unusual punishment, and degrading conditions perpetrated against those who are deprived of freedom in Costa Rica. By executing this decree, President Chinchilla explained that she would like to set an example for the intern...